Its been a long time since I’ve watched a good togue video. I remember back when I used to live off those things! If you’re like me and enjoy a good togue flick then I invite you to scroll down and watch Nobuteru “N.O.B.” Taniguchi flog the Arvou-built Honda S2000 on the Gunsai togue course. I also highly recommend turning up the volume while watching this video because Arvou’s S2000 is equipped with HKS’ new GT Supercharger kit and it sounds amazing!
The supercharger set up makes a significant amount of power (310hp at the wheels and 212ft-lbs of torque at 10 psi) and was designed to be reliable and safe for daily driving as well as track days. If you have an S2000 (AP1 or AP2) and want some boost in your life, this is a great way to go. You can get the kit now for about $4,500 not counting a few extras you may need (ECU tune, compact battery, etc.). Out the door with all additional bits (assuming you don’t have them already) the price goes up to a little over $5,700 if you have an AP2. AP1′s should expect to pay over $6,000. While it does sound pricy, you do get a lot and if the video below is any indication, it seems to be well worth it!
[Source: Evasive Motorsports]
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If the car culture was a monarchy then Jay Leno could easily be the king. Seriously this guy knows just about everyone there is to know and they all know him. That’s why Jay often gets to play with cars that most people may never even see in person. In his latest play date, Mercedes Benz brings their stunning AMG Vision Gran Turismo car to Jay’s garage. Jay also talks a little about how Polyphony Digital (the team behind Gran Turismo 6) virtually re-created his custom RWD twin-turbo 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado as a playable car in the game. The coolest part comes at the very end of the video though, so scroll down and watch!
SPOILER ALERT BELOW!
So did you watch?…Isn’t it crazy?! The AMG Vision Gran Turismo is one big RC car!!
Tags: · AmericanCars, EuropeanCars, gaming, gran turismo, Gran Turismo 6, GT6, Hype, Jay Leno, Jay Lenos Garage, Jay Lenos Oldsmobile Toronado, JayLenosGarage, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo, Oldsmobile, Oldsmobile Toronado, playstation 3, PS3, Sony, sony playstation, Video
Today Lexus dropped a vague-ish image of what they say will be the next “F” car. What that really means is that the 2015 IS-F is on the way. While the released image (click on thumbnail below) doesn’t show much, a keen eye can see nods to the current and previous IS-F’s in the lines. As you may have guessed, I am excited about this as the IS-F sedan has a special place in my heart.
So far Lexus hasn’t released any further information about this F car other than its completely new from the ground up. Could this mean a completely new chassis? Possibly. Personally I just want to know how much they’ve tipped the balance (if any) between its luxury side and its performance side. It would be nice to see the new IS-F be a little less Bruce Banner and a bit more Hulk if you catch my drift. The world will have to wait until January when it will debut at the Detroit Auto Show to know for sure though. I wish they would have debuted it in LA! Oh well. Stay tuned as I will bring you more details as they become available!
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Whenever I visit an event like the LA Auto Show or SEMA, its not uncommon for companies to give members of the media “Press Kits” which are can be anything from USB drives to other packages that contain various types of media and information about a particular product or car. Typically, press kits also include video produced by said company for said product and/or vehicle. Sometimes these films are literally just “b-roll” which is footage meant to be edited into another larger feature. Other times the videos are full on produced features. Either way they can be pretty entertaining to watch so I’ve decided to show some of these films to you here and there.
I am starting with three films released by Jaguar which go in-depth behind the scenes of the F-TYPE Coupe’s development; starting with design and ending with new tech. Each video is about 4 minutes or so but well worth the time! Just scroll down and enjoy!
PART 1: Design and structure
PART 2: Dynamics
PART 3: Performance and tech
Tags: · 2013 LA Auto Show, EuropeanCars, F TYPE Coupe, Features, Hype, Ian Callum, Jaguar, Jaguar C-X16 concept, Jaguar F TYPE Coupe, Jaguar F TYPE Video, Jaguar F-TYPE, LA Auto Show, LAAS2013, los angeles auto show, Video
Today just seems to be the day for absolutely beautiful automotive cinema. Earlier I showed you the exquisite intro to Gran Turismo 6; now I bring you a new film straight from McLaren Automotive which chronicles the McLaren P1′s battle against the Nurburgring.
McLaren took their new P1 hypercar to the Nordschleife for one purpose: to click off a sub-7 minute lap. With a car as technically advanced as the P1 it almost seems like a lock but then again there is a reason why the Nurburgring is nicknamed “The Green Hell”. Watch below to find out how they did
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I have three bits of the best news you will hear all day. First: its Friday! Second: Gran Turismo 6 comes out today! Third: You won’t need to buy a next-gen console to play it (unless the newest console you own is a PS2)! All awesome right?
Yes, its a little hard to believe its happened so quickly, especially considering how long development on Gran Turismo 5 took but Gran Turismo 6 is finally here! As long as you have a Playstation 3 and 60 bucks you can run out to the store right now and go pick up your copy.
Once you place the game in your system you will be greeted by possibly the best racing game intro I have ever seen. It starts off with a tribute to Ayrton Senna which includes clips of what appear to be interviews with Ayrton’s family members which is a huge deal. Even the official SENNA documentary didn’t go quite that deep. From there comes a beautiful cinematic love letter to the process of automotive design. You will just have to watch to see what I am talking about. Finally in the last few seconds we get a tease of what looks like the ability to play as Aryton Senna in the game! Could this be why he is noticeably absent in F1 2013 classic edition? Who knows! I would have loved to review this game so I could tell you, but I am not on Sony’s “Cool kids” list so alas I was not sent a copy. What I do know is that if you aren’t sold on Gran Turismo 6 yet, this flick just might do it. So scroll down, watch, and enjoy!
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Lotus is known for making some of the purest sports cars in the world. In fact their cars are so pure that Lotus practically invented the track day purist with their Elise and Exige cars. Unfortunately, the new Exige can no longer be had as a road car in the American market anymore. However, no one said they couldn’t be owned as track cars so that’s exactly what Lotus has done.
To ease the pain of its absence and to make enthusiasts nationwide happy Lotus will sell the Exige V6 Cup track-only car in the states. Anyone looking for a serious track-day weapon would be more than happy with what the Exige Cup has to offer; which starts with 345 horsepower supercharged V6 engine similar to what is normally found in the Evora. However, the Exige weighs significantly less than the Evora which leads to significantly more speed and fun on the straights and corners. It also comes with all the extra bits needed for a proper track car such as roll cage and fire extinguishing system. It all makes for what promises to be a very connected driving experience. Sure, it can’t be driven on public roads but hey at least it can be driven!
Despite the Exige’s track-only designation Lotus still needs to sell us something we CAN drive on public roads. To fill that need they brought over too fresh Evora coupes. One of which features the new “Black Package” which is a plethora of external and internal goodies.
Granted, there was not any info on new cars coming down the pipe, but we do know they are coming…eventually. However it was nice to know that Lotus is still providing pure to form driving machines for the masses. Hopefully I will have a chance to bring you my take on the new Evora in the near future. For now feel free to check out the pictures from their LA Auto Show by clicking the thumbnails in this post.
Tags: · 2013 LA Auto Show, EuropeanCars, Events, Features, Hype, LA Auto Show, LAAS, LAAS2013, laautoshow, los angeles auto show, Lotus, Lotus 2013 LA Auto Show, lotus cars, Lotus Evora Black Package, Lotus Evora IPS, Lotus Evora S, Lotus Exige V6 Cup
If you follow the JDMEGO blog you know that over the last few months Judson AKA “DropJay” did several artwork pieces for skateboard decks yet none of them showed up in the JDMEGO store. Well that’s because they are over in the ILoveRacing.com store! Just make a few more clicks! Come on don’t be lazy… Besides if you want to own this sweet Evasive Motorsports S2000 skate deck for only 50 bucks then you are going to need to move quickly. This would look so fresh mounted on a wall!
[Source: ILoveRacing.com store]
Tags: · Accessories, AsianCars, Evasive Motorsports, Evasive Motorsports Honda S2000, GARAGETUNED, honda AP1, honda ap2, Honda S2000, Hype, iloveracing.com, jdmego, JDMEGO Skate Deck, pacific rim clothing, Shops, skateboard deck
Major events like the LA Auto Show are prime opportunities for OEM’s to show off what is coming next from their factories and to get a jump start on marketing those products and perhaps make some early sales. So its a big deal when one of the biggest luxury brands devotes prime booth real estate to a car that can only be driven virtually! If you do not know what I am talking about then first let me welcome you to the internet because this is likely your first time here and then allow me to explain.
Back when Polyphony Digital started work on Gran Turismo 6 they invited some major OEM companies to basically create virtual ”dream cars” for the game. Cars that they would love to build and sell but can’t because of regulations, cost, or the laws of physics. Well Mercedes Benz was among the first to get their submission in but they took it one step further by building a life-sized rolling representation! Dubbed the AMG Vision Gran Turismo it is essentially everything that Mercedes Benz wishes they could build now. Seriously, this thing looks like it would be more at home in an F-ZERO game than Gran Turismo and I mean that in the best way possible. I think it is absolutely beautiful and it was easily the biggest draw in the Mercedes Benz exhibit. And as I mentioned earlier the best part about the AMG Vision Gran Turismo is that we all get to drive it as soon as Gran Turismo 6 is released for Playstation 3.
When I was done drooling over the AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept I strolled around the booth to see what else Mercedes had to offer this year and there was plenty. Mercedes was celebrating the release of a brand new S class and brought several trims of their new luxury sedan to Los Angeles to show off but my favorite was easily the AMG S63. While other cars in this segment (including other S class trims) continue to experiment with hybrid drivetrains the S63 remains a snorting beast with a massive twin-turbo V8 engine that makes 577hp and a whopping 664 lb-ft of torque! They also shaved 220lbs off the weight of the previous model by doing things like making the spare tire cavity in the trunk out of carbon fiber! Wrap all of that with a super luxurious interior and you have a sedan that I will totally covet. My only gripe is that I wish it got more of an exterior re-design rather than more of a “re-fresh”. Not that it doesn’t look good but I would like to see a whole new take on the S-class’ sheet metal.
Another headliner in the Mercedes exhibit is also something of a sad affair. Mercedes is officially saying goodbye to the SLS AMG with the “Final Edition” which marks the end of the SLS’ four year run as one of the most desired supercars in existence. However, Mercedes is sending the SLS AMG out on a very high note with a collection of details that will really make the Final Edition stand out as a collectors item. First it starts off as a “GT” model (think sportier suspension and better brakes), then they go paint-less on the carbon fiber hood and aero package, the parts that are painted get coated with “design magno graphite matte” paint which was previously only found on the SLS AMG GT3 collector’s model race car, finally the Final Edition gets a full “designo” leather and alcantara interior. It is definitely a fitting way to say goodbye. The good news is that Mercedes is already working on the successor to the SLS which will be a totally new supercar. If the SLS is any indication, the next supercar from AMG will be one heck of a machine!
The fourth and final headliner at the Mercedes booth was the Concept GLA45 AMG. As you may guess it is an exercise in “what if” for AMG and possible future plans for the new “crossover-esque” GLA. As you might have guessed, the GLA45 AMG has the same 355hp 2.0 liter turbocharged engine as the CLA45 AMG but bolted on to a “4MATIC all-wheel-drive system rather than the front wheel drive set up found in the CLA. The AMG engineers also added Mercedes Benz’ “SPEEDSHIFT DCT” 7-speed transmission. From there the Concept GLA45 gets a host of exterior styling mods like custom forged wheels and a one-off motorsport inspired livery. Looking at it makes me wonder what could be if a car such as this became a part of the Global Rally Cross series. How cool would that be?!
As usual the Mercedes booth did not disappoint. Its sad to see the SLS AMG go but it was really cool of them to release a Final Edition, as well as build a 1:1 scale model of their AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept, and give potential GLA buyers something to chew on. For more pictures from the booth just click on any of the thumbnails!
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OK after that last post I thought I would try to lighten the mood a bit with something I found at SEMA 2013. When I was racing around like a crazy person trying to get all my coverage done I was stopped in my tracks by what appeared to be an RC car strapped down to the smallest dyno in the world! I immediately started filming to make sure I had proof of what I was seeing! Watch below..
Crazy huh? Well unfortunately this is not exactly what it seems. What you were looking at was a scale model of a larger dyno made by a company called SuperFlow; which builds dynos and flow benches. While the rollers and everything work, this scale model does not actually measure horsepower output from RC cars. Too bad though, I would have totally put that on my Christmas list!
Tags: · all wheel drive dyno, Dynamometer, Dyno, Electric RC Cars, Features, Hype, News, RC Car dyno, RC Car horsepower, RC Car on a dyno, RC Cars, SEMA, SEMA 2013, SEMA Show, SuperFlow, Video